23 Feb Bumper Sticker Religion
Don’t worry, we are not going to preach to you – or anyone else for that matter – on the spiritual benefits of bumper stickers. Bumper Sticker Religion: Seven Messages Unstuck from Bumper Stickers is the very catchy title of a book written by Carl B. Rife (CSS Publishing, 1992).
Mr. Rife was a pastor in the United Methodist church who served congregations in Maryland and Pennsylvania for more than 30 years. He must have kept his eyes open for signs of God at work in the world – how else could he have found inspiration for some of his sermons on bumper stickers?
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“I would like us to examine the phrases, the clichés, the half-truths of the religious messages on the bumper stickers people sometimes display on their automobiles,” Mr. Rife told his parishioners.
When they heard that he was interested in preaching on the religious messages displayed on popular bumper stickers of the day, a couple of his friends and congregants responded by sharing bumper sticker stories with him.
“A friend of mine told a story about his colleague who happened to be a United Methodist district superintendent, a black United Methodist district superintendent. This man was driving down the road and he came to a light where the car in front of him had this bumper sticker, ‘Honk, If You Love Jesus.’ He said, ‘The thought went through my mind: ‘I love Jesus; why shouldn’t I honk?’ So he honked his horn and the person in the car set race relations back a couple centuries with his provocative response.”
But perhaps, our favorite line from Mr. Rife’s Bumper Sticker Religion is this one:
“A few years ago I saw a bumper sticker on a car that said, ‘Let Our Kids Pray.’ I had an immediate reaction…. I went to my car and got a pen and paper and wrote on the paper, ‘Who’s stopping them?’ and put it under the windshield wiper.”
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